Professional gaming scene has grown considerably since its early days
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The Fatal1ty name continues to be on headsets and sound cards from Creative despite the fact that the player himself, Johnathan Wendel, retired a number of years ago. Wendel achieved cult status through his gaming skills in Quake II and Quake III and, at the turn of the millennium, played in tournaments with prize pools ranging from 20k to 40k USD. Today, the most successful eSports players can earn millions in individual prizes.
An overview of the games, players, teams, and competitions can be found on esportsearnings.com. The extensive database has a list of top earners in the eSports scene as well as the most lucrative games with the highest prize money. There are now almost a dozen professional gamers worldwide who have earned more than 1 million USD by playing video games.
The eSports scene is massive in the Americas and Chinese territories. Here, top players can earn just over 2 million USD in prizes. The current best player in Germany according to the source is Salehi Takhasomi, who goes by the alias KuroKy and has earned nearly 650K USD.
Dota 2 dominates the competition in terms of prize winnings totaling nearly 26 million USD. This is followed by League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Smite, Starcraft II, CoD: Advanced Warfare, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Heroes of Newerth, and World of Tanks.
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